Nornickel launches competition for young inventors

NornickelPublic Joint Stock Company "Mining and Metallurgical Company "Norilsk Nickel” and its subsidiariesGo to the glossary announces the launch of I MAKE, a young inventors competition aiming to raise awareness about the importance of inventive approach among the young people and help enthusiastic school students transform their ideas into working prototypes and present them to a wider public.

The competition is open to students aged 6–17 years from Chita, Norilsk, the Taimyrsky Dolgano-Nenetsky Municipal District, Monchegorsk and the Pechengsky District. After adjusting their projects and creating prototypes in partnership with mentors from Lomonosov Moscow State University, the winners will join Russia’s national team at the International Exhibition for Young Inventors scheduled to take place in September 2018 in India.

To become a participant of the I MAKE competition, candidates need to come up with a concept of a useful invention, provide a visual representation of such invention (a drawing, mood board, chart, photo, infographics, etc.), add a slogan conveying the idea behind the invention, post the materials on social media with an #i-make hashtag, and fill in the application form.

The projects should focus on one of the following subjects:

  • threat detection and natural disaster management;
  • education and leisure;
  • nutrition and agriculture;
  • environmentally friendly technologies;
  • safety and healthcare;
  • technologies for people with special needs.

An expert council will select ten semi-finalists from every region to take part in the on-site stage of the competition. This stage involves substantiation of each invention project in the form of a brief presentation. The winners will be invited to participate in the International Exhibition for Young Inventors in India.

I MAKE presentations and open lectures on invention and innovation will take place on:

  • 26 March in Chita;
  • 28 March in Norilsk;
  • 4 April in Zapolyarny/Nickel;
  • 5 April in Monchegorsk.

For more information on the competition, please visit

The participants will also be eligible for presenting their projects at the Arctic Wave festival of R&D discoveries and the All-Russian Science Festival.

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I MAKE is a young inventors competition staged as part of the Innovations line of Nornickel’s World of New Opportunities charitable programme alongside the Arctic Wave festival of R&D discoveries, Arctic.PRO R&D marathon and School of Urban Competencies.